McConnell Says Obama is the One Causing Inaction on the Jobs Bill

Oct 4, 2011 12:59pm

As President Obama travels to Dallas today to sell his jobs plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY., points a finger at the president’s “refusal to accept” the reality that some in the Democratic Party don’t like his jobs plan, which has led to “inaction” on the jobs bill.

“How else do you explain the fact that the president spent the past few weeks running around the country demanding that Congress pass a so-called jobs bill right away, even as leading members of his own party admit that the Democrats wouldn’t have the votes to get it through Congress, even if it came to the floor?” McConnell said this morning on the Senate floor. “That’s how you create dysfunction.”

In his speech in Texas this afternoon, President Obama will push back directly against Republicans and will single out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., saying, “I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in.”

Cantor said Monday that the House won’t vote on the American Jobs Act and that the president’s all-or- nothing approach is unreasonable.

McConnell said the president can govern with “the Congress he wants or he can deal with the Congress he has,” and called for the president to put aside proposals that are part of the jobs bill that do not have bipartisan support.

Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-NV., has said that the Senate will take up the president’s jobs bill this month, after working with both sides to make improvements.

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